About the EBV

EBV is designed around two central elements:  a focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs; and the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program. The practical elements of the program will involve three phases:

  1. Phase I: Delegates participate in a self-study curriculum, facilitated by an online discussion and assessment module, which will be moderated by entrepreneurship faculty and graduate students from one of the partner EBV Universities. During this phase delegates will work on the development of their own business concepts.
  2. Phase II: During the nine-day residency at one of the four EBV Universities, delegates are exposed to the "nuts and bolts" of business ownership through experiential workshops and lesson from world-class entrepreneurship faculty representing nationally ranked programs around the country.
  3. Phase III: Delegates are provided with 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts at the EBV Universities.


The EBV program is a selective, rigorous, and intense educational initiative. The program is offered by a consortium of schools that includes Syracuse University, Florida State University, University of California, Los Angeles, Texas A&M University, Purdue University, and University of Connecticut.  Applications for EBV will be accepted from those who:

  • Have separated from active duty service after 2001 (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)
  • Have been identified as having a ‘service-connected disability’ as a result of your military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves)
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship & small business ownership/management

How to Apply

Beyond the criteria identified above, a complete application is the only remaining requirement to be considered for the program. A complete application package will include the following:

  1. Completed EBV Application Form (including responses to personal statement #1-6)
  2. Résumé
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation

Selection will be based on the "whole-person' concept, with a particular focus on an assessment of potential to excel both in the program and also upon graduating from the EBV in the area of entrepreneurship and small business management.

Please direct any question regarding the application process to EBVinfo@syr.edu.